Road Scholar Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

IBT has been a program provider for Elderhostel/Road Scholar since 1988, a natural fit that results in bike tours, barge tours, and bike & barge tours. The not-for-profit organization Elderhostel Inc., through its Road Scholar programs, inspires adults to learn, discover, and travel. IBT assists in reaching these goals in administering and developing the content of the international educational programs below, which include lectures, field trips and extracurricular activities in the visited country. Barges are classic river barges with pleasant amenities and either ten or twelve twin-bedded cabins each with private bath.

Adventures Afloat: Belgium: Art & Architecture Along the Waterways / Program #20370
Belgium / 8 nights
July 27 – August 4, 2018 | September 7 – 15, 2018
Wind your way through the scenic canals and rivers of Flanders by barge and learn from experts about the artistic and architectural masterpieces of Belgium along the way.

Adventures Afloat: The Old Masters: Art Treasures of Holland by River / Program #19504
The Netherlands / 9 nights
June 8 – 17, 2017 | August 31 – September 9, 2017 | October 5 – 14, 2017
April 5 – 14, 2018 | May 10 – 19, 2018 | August 30 – September 8, 2018 | September 13 – 22, 2018
Discover the cultural heights of Holland’s Low Lands as you join experts to learn about artistic masterworks, renowned museums, historic architecture and an iconic earthenware factory.

Adventures Afloat: Mosel River Valley: Vineyards, Castles & Culture by Barge / Program #11951
Germany & Luxembourg / 9 nights
September 1 – 10, 2017 | September 29 – October 8, 2017
August 31 – September 9, 2018 | September 28 – October 7, 2018

By private barge, voyage the Saar and Mosel rivers for an in-depth perspective on the timeless villages, medieval castles, ancient vineyards and Old World traditions of Western Germany.

A Cycling Journey: Bike and Barge in Holland and Belgium / Program #10530
The Netherlands & Belgium / 15 nights
September 1 – 16, 2017
April 13 – 28, 2018 | June 22 – July 7, 2018 | September 21 – October 6, 2018
From your home base on a classic river barge, learn the stories of Holland and Belgium as you bicycle past fields, windmills, historic towns and discover local culture and art.

An Intergenerational Cycling Journey: Bike & Barge in Holland / Program #22665
The Netherlands / 8 nights
July 14 – 22, 2017
July 13 – 21, 2018
Sweet Dutch pancakes. Wooden shoes and windmills. A seal rehabilitation center. Explore magical North Holland by bike and barge as you soak up friendly locals’ welkom at every turn.

A Cycling Journey: Tulips and Windmills in the Netherlands / Program #22618
The Netherlands / 8 nights
April 14 -22, 2018 | April 17 – 25, 2018 (e-bikes)
Bicycle along Holland’s famed tulip fields as you learn the history of the country’s windmills, delve into the flower industry and enjoy the world-famous Bloemencorso flower parade.

A Cycling Journey: Leisurely Biking in the Netherlands / Program #22322
The Netherlands / 9 nights
September 16 – 25, 2017
June 9 – 18, 2018 | September 8 – 17, 2018

Experience the Netherlands the way the locals do — on bicycle! Enjoy leisurely rides as you discover the provinces of Friesland, Gelderland, and North Holland with a local expert.

A Cycling Journey: Northern Italy From the Alps to Verona / Program #20865
Italy / 11 nights
June 24 – July 6, 2017 | September 9 – 20, 2017 | September 23 – October 4, 2017
May 12 – 23, 2018 | May 26 – June 6, 2018 | August 4 – 15, 2018 | September 8 – 19, 2018 | September 15 – 25, 2018
Unravel the enchanting story of Northern Italy as you cycle from the Alps to Verona, learning about Roman monuments, traditional vineyards, ancient villages and authentic cuisine.

A Cycling Journey: Exploring Bordeaux and Médoc Wine Regions / Program #3239
France / 9 nights
September 9 – 18, 2017
June 16 – 25, 2018 | September 15 – 24, 2018
La Gironde was once so swampy its inhabitants used stilts to navigate the wet terrain. Come bicycle this ancient land and learn its unique story from local experts.

A Cycling Journey: The Villages and Countryside of Provence / Program #3675
France / 11 nights
September 30 – October 11, 2017
June 2 – 13, 2018 | September 22 – October 3, 2018
Via bicycle, pedal through the quaint villages and breathtaking countryside of Provence with a local expert and learn about the region’s art, people and Roman history.

A Cycling Journey: Wine Along the Rhine from Germany to France / Program #22580
France & Germany / 11 nights
June 9 – 20, 2018 | September 8 -19, 2018
Follow the path of the Rhine by bicycle past hilltop castles and through swaths of Riesling-growing vineyards as you experience the cultural blend at the border of France and Germany.

A Cycling Journey: the Elbe River from Germany to Czech Republic / Program #12145
Germany & Czech Republic / 13 nights
September 9 – 22, 2017
June 16 – 29, 2018 | September 8 – 21, 2018
While cycling the Elbe River you can’t help but discover history and culture along the way — from ancient castles to local museums, from national parks to Prague’s iconic Old Town.

A Cycling Journey: Munich to Vienna along The Danube River / Program #3044
Germany & Austria / 13 nights
June 15 – 28, 2017 | September 7 – 20, 2017 | September 21 – October 4, 2017
May 31 – June 13, 2018 | August 2 – 15, 2018 | September 13 – 26, 2018
Explore the Danube on comfortable bike paths as you enjoy expert-led lectures on shipping history, folklore and culture. Plus, visit the famous 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk!

A Cycling Journey: Austria to Slovenia Along the Mur River / Program #22581
Austria & Slovenia / 13 nights
September 2 – 15, 2017
June 16 – 29, 2018 | September 8 – 21, 2018
Let the Mur River be your muse as you bicycle from Austria to Slovenia, meandering past castles and farming villages and learning about the region’s distinctive history.

A Cycling Journey: Storybook Switzerland in the Aare River Valley / Program #15501
Switzerland / 11 nights
June 30 – July 10, 2018 | September 1 – 11, 2018
Why bike up the mountain? Enjoy the Swiss Alps from below, cycling the Aare River Valley’s gently rolling terrain amid grazing cows as you learn about the tiny nation’s novel culture.

A Cycling Journey: English Villages Along the River Avon / Program #3670
United Kingdom / 11 nights
June 17 – 28, 2017
June 9 – 20, 2018 | August 11 – 22, 2018
Cycle and learn about the Cotswolds, renowned for its beauty, history and artistic legacy, and see the traditional limestone villages from which the region derives its name.

Bicycling Door County / Program #21239
United States / 5 nights
September 13 – 18, 2017
Find out why Door County is one of the nation’s best kept secrets as you join local experts on an idyllic bicycling adventure, discovering orchards, wineries and traditional cuisine.